Semester at SDSU: Choosing Classes

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Enrolling in SDSU Classes

Semester at SDSU students add classes on a space-available basis, after matriculated students have enrolled. Classes are added and dropped through an online enrollment system. Information on this system and the enrollment process will be given at Orientation.

Students are not permitted to enroll in classes that overlap in day or time, not even by one minute.

Business Course Students: You will follow a modified procedure for adding Special Sessions. Details will be provided at Orientation.

Classes open to Semester at SDSU students

You may choose from most of the classes listed in the current class schedule.

Current class schedules are posted one – two months before the start of classes. Please refer to the previous fall semester for likely fall classes and the previous spring semester for likely spring classes. For example, refer to Spring 20186 for likely classes available in Spring 2019 (or Fall 2018 for Fall 2019).

You may:

    • Choose classes from one or more departments (all your courses do not need to be in the same department)
    • Choose classes from level 100-799 (see “Classes closed” below)
    • Take upper division undergraduate level classes (300-499) for which you qualify
      • If a class has a prerequisite, you may need to provide the professor with proof that you have already completed an equivalent prerequisite. (Proof should be in the form of an official transcript in English.)
    • Take graduate classes (level 600 and above) for which you qualify
      • To take a graduate class, you must provide proof of being a graduate student and/or proof that you have completed the appropriate prerequisites. (Proof should be in the form of an official transcript in English and/or diploma/degree).
    • Take both graduate and undergraduate classes (graduate students only)
    • 500 level courses can be either graduate or undergraduate classes. Graduate students enrolling in 500 level courses should tell the professor you are enrolling for graduate credit. Some 500 level courses will not have a distinction.
    • Enroll in one (1) hybrid course (undergraduate students only).

Classes closed to Semester at SDSU students

      • Classes not listed in the current class schedule: Not all classes listed in the General Catalog are offered every semester. If the class is not in the class schedule, it is not offered that semester. Classes may also be cancelled or added near the beginning of the semester.
      • Level 800+ classes: These classes are Ph.D. doctoral and professional classes that are only open to students who have been accepted to the specific doctoral program.
      • Level 90 classes: These are remedial classes for students not ready for university work: they do not count toward F-1 visa status as they are not university level.
      • Nursing classes: Only students officially enrolled in the SDSU Nursing program may take these classes.
      • Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) classes.
      • Internship classes
      • Classes that departments have declared are for majors/graduates only: If you are unsure, please contact a Semester at SDSU Advisor.
      • Classes that professors/departments have declared closed (regardless of spaces available on the class schedule).
      • Classes that do not have a schedule number assigned. These courses have no set meeting time and have “ARR” assigned. These are Special Study/Research courses and students usually have a pre-existing relationship with a professor to be recommended.
      • Classes that have time conflicts, meaning the classes meet at the same day & time.
      • Online courses: Students on an F-1 visa are allowed only one online course.
      • Classes in the following departments are only open to Business Courses students: Accounting (ACCTG), Business Administration (BA), Finance (FIN), Management (MGT), Management Information Systems (MIS) and Marketing (MKTG).

Explanations of course numbering and the grading system and an explanation of units can be found in the General Catalog.


Notes On Specific Departments for Semester at SDSU students

      •  Psychology: Graduate courses in psychology are open to ALI students as long as you meet the prerequisites, there are available seats in the class, and you add the class as soon as possible – it probably isn’t a good idea for psychology classes to be a backup. Seminar classes are specifically tailored to the program and you will be unable to add these courses. Similar psychology courses may be found in the College of Education or Social Work departments.
      • ENS Sports Courses: How to enroll in ENS sports courses:  Online (if you want the course for credit) or at the various tents around campus the first two weeks of classes (for no credit)
        • The ARC front desk handles the equipment fee payment. Equipment fees are not included in the Semester at SDSU tuition fee.
        • Make sure you specify you want the sports course for credit or non-credit
          • Credit means you want it to count as a unit (towards your F-1 visa status) AND it will show on your transcript.
          • Non-credit means you do not want it to count towards your visa status, do not want it on your transcript, and do not want to pay the additional unit fee (if this applies).

Courses to Consider


General department courses with an international emphasis:

Dept. Course # Course Title Term Term
CJ 571 Drugs: Domestic and International Perspectives Spring
ECON 330 Comparative Economic Systems Fall
ECON 360 International Economics Problems Fall Spring
ECON 490 Money & Banking Fall Spring
ECON 561 International Trade Spring
ECON 592 International Money Theory & Politics Fall
GEOG 554 World Cities: Comparative Approaches to Urbanization Fall
HIST 441 Unnatural Disasters Spring
ISCOR 320 International Security: Nuclear Age Fall Spring
JMS 574 International Advertising Spring
JMS 591 Global Technology Fall
LATAM or CCS 355 The United States-Mexico International Border Spring
P A 580 Comparative Public Administration Fall Spring
P H 362 International Health Fall Spring
POL S 375 International Relations Fall Spring
POL S 380 Human Rights Global Perspective Fall Spring
POL S 393 Institute World Affairs Spring
POL S 482 International Relations: Latin America Fall
POL S 560 Comparative Public Policy Spring
POL S 575 International Relations: Pacific Rim Spring
POL S 577 Politics of International Law Fall Spring
POL S 675 Seminar/International Relations Fall
PSFA 350 International Studies Fall Spring
TFM 330 Cultural Aspects of Media Fall Spring
TFM 363 International Cinema Fall Spring



General departments that welcome ALI students:

Criminal Justice
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Journalism and Media Studies
Professional Studies & Fine Arts
Recreation & Tourism Management
Television, Film & New Media


General department courses that welcome ALI students:

Dept. Course # Course Title Term Term
ART 157 Introduction to Art Fall Spring
ART 258 Introduction to Art History Fall Spring
COMM 201 Communication & Community Fall Spring
COMM 245 Interpersonal Communication Fall Spring
COMM 350 Investigating Communication Fall Spring
COMM 321 Introduction Health Communication Fall Spring
COMM 371 Intercultural Communication Fall Spring
CJ 300 Crime, Law, & Justice Fall Spring
CJ 596 Drugs: Domestic International Perspective Spring
DANCE 181 Introduction to Dance Fall Spring
DANCE 382 Dance in World Cultures Fall Spring
HTM 201 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management Fall Spring
HTM 330 Event and Meeting Industry Fall Spring
HTM 333 Weddings & Social Events Fall
HTM 370 Tribal Gaming Spring
HTM 372 Tribal Gaming: Legal & Regulatory Spring
HTM 373 Tribal Gaming: Marketing & Public Relations Spring
HTM 380 Hospitality Leadership Theory Fall Spring
HTM 431 Convention Services Spring
HTM 433 Destination Management Services Spring
HTM 435 Sporting Event and Festival Management Spring
HTM 465 Hospitality Technology Fall Spring
JMS 200 Introduction to Contemporary Media Fall Spring
JMS 210 Social Media in the Digital Age Fall Spring
JMS 300 Principles of Journalism Fall Spring
JMS 408 Principles of Media Studies Fall Spring
JMS 440 Management of Media Organizations Fall Spring
JMS 450 Media & Cultures Fall Spring
JMS 460 Principles of Advertising Fall Spring
JMS 462 Advertising Strategy & Social Media Fall Spring
JMS 480 Principles of Public Relations Fall Spring
JMS 506 Advertising & Society Fall
JMS 585 Professional Practices in Public Relations Fall Spring
MUSIC 101 Recitals Fall Spring
MUSIC 151 Introduction to Music Fall Spring
MUSIC 301 Recitals Fall Spring
MUSIC 345 World Music: Contemporary Life Fall Spring
MUSIC 351 Varies Fall Spring
PSFA 100 Sustainable Development Fall Spring
RTM 101 Recreation and Tourism Management Fall Spring
RTM 304 Leisure & Tourism Fall Spring
RTM 404 Cross-cultural Perspectives in Tourism Fall Spring
RTM 470 Global Sustainable Tourism Management Fall Spring
RTM 475 Commercial Recreation and Attraction Management Fall Spring
RTM 483 Outdoor Education and Camp Administration Fall Spring
TFM 160 Cinema as Art & Communication Fall Spring
TFM 363 International Cinema Fall Spring
TFM 364B History of Film Classics Spring
TFM 430 History of Prime-Time TV Fall Spring
THEA 100 The Art of Theatre Fall Spring
THEA 120 Heritage of Storytelling Fall Spring
THEA 335 Stage Management: Theory Fall Spring
THEA 345 Theatre Marketing and Publicity Fall Spring
THEA 470 Facility Operations and Management Theatre Fall Spring
THEA 476 Event Coordination and the Entertainment Industry Fall Spring